Wat Pathum Wanaram with the Siam Paragon Mall looming in the background
Wat Pathum Wanaram is located in the central shopping district, between the Siam Paragon shopping center and Central World. I have seen this Wat from the BTS Skytrain many times, it is attractive but I never had the desire to visit as it is located just off a very, very busy road. I didn’t know about the garden and prayer/meditation area behind the main portion of the Wat. This area is the highlight, it is completely shaded by large trees, there are nice walkways and the Wat is open to the green foliage on all four sides.
Behind the Wat, entrace to prayer area
Once again, this is something I find unique about Bangkok. This Wat is surrounded by busy streets, shopping malls and high rise office buildings, but once in the garden the setting is tranquil. A friend told me that many people that world in the Siam Paragon shopping mall and surrounding retail stores visit this Wat each week during their lunch break.
One of the small, shaded walkways in the garden area
I highly suggest a visit to the Wat and especially a walk in thegarden area, it is an amazing contrast to the hustle and bustle found on the streets just outside.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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Tranquility and pecefull once you stepped inside. I vividly remembered as a child when my parent would took me to this temple the smelled of incensed and the greenery and hardley any malls or concrete jungles which has now sadley swallowed the whole area. There always rumors that influential greedy investors are having an evils eyes to buy the whole temples land and covert to sickning mall and condominum just like old siam hotel near by.